Ossippe Hill LbNA # 7923
|Placed Date||Apr 1 2004|
McLucas Road can be rough, especially in the spring. This April I would have been able to make it up all the way with my Outback, and a Unicell minivan did make it up to the gate, but the first washout may make some nervous. The walk up the road to the trailhead is a half hour, uphill road walk, if you park at the little red cabin / McLucas Cemetery area, which is a bit over a mile down the McLucas road. At the fork in the road head uphill, obviously.
The walk up is a road walk, not a trail walk, but it does pass the site of the old McLucas farm, and several old foundations and burial grounds. A small pond also lies in the woods down a trail on your right.
Once at the sturdy steel gate, a steep ten minutes will bring you to views and the letterbox which is nearby. A short section of a side trail which quickly turns to solid rock can be found on your left. Look for an old tumbled wall on the right that meets a tree with a cavity in its base. This cavity is just the right shape and size to hold a fire hydrant or a lawn gnome (trust me). The side path is just after this, on the left.
Walk the side path, and take in the views. This is a decent place to sit – the top near the tower is full of glass and other trash. The side trail parallels the main road for a very short distance. Just before it rejoins the road you can find a stone “fireplace” on the right which looks a bit like a stone lounge chair with rocks mortared into its back. If you walk around it you will see that it has two sides and is actually shaped like the letter “H.” Two arms point over the cliff to Little Ossipee Lake below and two point towards the road. Follow where these point eleven paces to the largest rock on this side of the road (knee-high and roughly triangular.) Look under rocks on the near side. Please rehide this one very well exactly where you found it so it does not go missing. Walking back down, we see that the gate is currently dedicated to one “Hot Rod Roberts”; maybe an inspiration for another stamp? Any takers?